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How-To: Macro shots on the cheap

I love macro shots but a proper camera and lens can cost thousands. I found a way to take macro photos for cheap. They wont be as good as proper equipment, but for only a few dollars it cant be beat. All you need is any camera and a 10x jewelers loupe.

Here are some pics I took using my cell phone camera holding the jewelers loupe in front of the camera lens. These are some of the bugs in my emersed tank. Can anyone ID them?

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I got better pics using my point and shoot camera with the jewelers loupe, but I dont have them on hand. You can also just use the jewlers loupe to look at all the tiny bugs without a camera. Pretty cool if you ask me. If you want to buy a jewelers loupe, don't go above 10x. All of the cheap one are not more then 10x even if they say so and a real 30x has a very narrow field of view.
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That's a great suggestion! off to eBay I go!!

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Wow, that is pretty amazing!

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Wow, I need to try it out. Thanks
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I just got done doing some shots of my painted fire reds using a handheld magnifying glass and my cell phone.

Here are some of the pics I got:







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